As a basket drifts against the twilight, the only sound one can hear is a burner whispering to invisible gas, commanding it to push the carriage higher into the evening sky. At Go Hot Air Ballooning, flights stay close enough to the ground to witness deer wandering the earth, and each excursion—from private rides to tethered convoys—takes off with passengers' well-being in mind. An FAA-licensed pilot with more than 20 years of ballooning experience—and a perfect safety record—takes the helm of each flight, personally confirming each reservation and watching up-to-date weather reports to ensure safe flight conditions. Though the in-air portion lasts only an hour, most journeys take up to four hours in all, allowing passengers to witness such behind-the-scenes action as the pilot inflating the entire balloon with his lungs.
Cuisine Type: Great American food
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Dixie chicken bites, burgers and fries
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Our goal is to be a small town family diner with friendly staff serving quality food at a good value.
In your own words, how would you describe yourmenu?
Patriot Grill offers a variety of familiar American grilled and fried items with a common theme: healthy portions of delicious food cooked to order and served hot. The menu includes fresh-cooked traditional and gourmet cheeseburgers including the Patriot Sausagecheeseburger, bite-sized boneless fried and grilled chicken, fried catfish and cheeseburger steaks, fresh cut fries, home-style okra and other sides, and drinks such as sweet tea, frosted mugs of root beer, cherry limeades, and black cow shakes.
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem—notnecessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
The Breakfast Melt is a breakfast buffet stacked on a plate. It is a sausage burger topped with grilled ham, bacon, three kinds of cheese and an egg that is served on Texas toast and covered with pepper gravy. We are also one of the few places in the area to offer freshly grilled Siegi's Bratwurst, served with our own grilled onion and sauerkraut topping. Another is the Swamp Sauce Boneless Chicken Wings, a smokey jalapeno sauce that is made locally and is very unique to Patriot Grill. Lastly, I would add the Black Cow milk shake. It is made with root beer and a touch of chocolate. The Black Cow tastes like the bottom of a root beer float after the ice cream has melted and mixed with the root beer.
Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. Howdoes your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Patriot Grill is simple and clean with white walls and a couple of old neon signs that we have refurbished. Our decor is based on traditional American patriotism, which includes flags, tributes to our veterans and Founding Fathers, and some Route 66 memorabilia.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn'tcover?
We love the big eaters and offer double- and triple-stacked burgers and sides such as chili cheese fries and bacon cheese tots, but we also offer delicious grilled chicken salads, chicken sandwiches and a low carb plate for those who eat lighter.
Deep in the woods, the thick canopy blocks out what little moonlight permeates the night sky. Through the panoramic darkness, the ominous sounds of distant screams, rustling branches, and twigs snapped under mysterious footfalls convey one message: you are not alone. Ghouls and other fiendish creatures lurk around every corner at Scream Country Haunted Hayride & Forest, ready to ambush passersby with heart-stopping, spine-tingling shouts of “boo!” or requests for directions to the nearest gas station. Set on more than 40 acres of twisting forest, Scream Country invites intrepid guests to explore the fearsome darkness, acquainting themselves with the paranormal vibes that charge the air every October.
Just off the historic Route 66, Summerside Vineyards welcomes visitors into its rustic winery and meadery. Regular tours of the winery and cellar elucidate the specifics of the wine- and mead-making processes and end in the cozy tasting room. Here, surrounded by a warm color palette and antique furniture, staff walk visitors through samplings of Summerside's various wines and meads. The bottles range from dry to dessert, and each are produced and bottled in the onsite cellar. In addition to tastings, Summerside holds seasonal wine-focused events.
Since its founding 75 years ago in a graceful 1920s mansion, Philbrook Museum of Art has grown to become one of the preeminent art museums of the central United States. The cornerstone of its permanent collection is its wide-ranging survey of Native American art, from traditional basketry to 20th-century paintings. Other highlights include Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the Kress Foundation and an American art collection including 15 paintings by Andrew Wyeth.
Outside, the museum's 23 acres of grounds includes a lush garden whose trails run alongside native Oklahoma plants and plants that relocated to Oklahoma after college. An architectural addition features an auditorium, restaurant, library, and education studios, many of which host the Philbrook's interactive, enlightening programs and events. In the summer, these include daytime art camps for six- to 12-year-olds and a nighttime film series that screens features in the garden. The Philbrook's growing modern and contemporary art collections can be found at a satellite campus in downtown Tulsa, which also contains the Eugene B. Adkins Collection and Study Center of Native American Art.
The joys of riding a bicycle are many and beloved by many. Smells, which are dulled to undetectable levels in four-wheeled transit, are piquant from the fresh-air perch of a bicycle seat. The scenery of the country or of the city—its alleyways, byways, and other quaint little ways—comes to life in a colorful panorama of shops, sidewalk folk, nature birds, and little dogs. Tom’s Bicycle outpost is located adjacent to River Parks, allowing velocipedalists to take to the park’s paved trails or wheelie over to the deceptively inedible Turkey Mountain. A helmet is included with the rental, ensuring that the vast collection of Oscar Wilde quips you have stored in your brain are well-protected.